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U2's Joshua Tree album to be preserved in US Library of Congress

The curator of the project said the album has influenced Christian rock in some churches in the US.

U2 lauching album in 1987.
U2 lauching album in 1987.
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THE JOSHUA TREE album by U2 is being preserved for music history in the Library of Congress in the US.

The album is one of 25 albums from the 1970s and 1980s selected for long-term preservation in the library’s National Recording Registry, chosen for their cultural, historical or aesthetic importance.

Librarian of Congress James Billington said the recordings represent part of America’s culture and history.

“As technology continually changes and formats become obsolete, we must ensure that our nation’s aural legacy is protected,” he said.

U2′s 1987 album with hits like “Where the Streets Have no Name” and “With or Without You” was chosen after the library received many public nominations.

The Joshua Tree is the fifth studio album by rock band U2.

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Curator Matthew Barton said U2′s sound, though not explicitly religious, has influenced and been combined with Christian rock in some churches, including the song, “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”.

Other albums include Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Fortunate Son” and the Everly Brothers’ “Cathy’s Clown.”

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